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Roane State Community College’s international students recently visited the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville to watch government leaders first-hand.
“One thing I found interesting is how quickly they make decisions,” said student Elomar Souza of Brazil. “I attended committee meetings back home, and they drag and drag.”
The students toured the capitol building, watched committee hearings and met state legislators. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state Sen. Ken Yager had their photo taken with the students.
“The trip to Nashville helps students better understand the political process in the United States,” said LaShawn Smith, Roane State international education coordinator. “Our hope is that seeing state legislators in action will demonstrate the important role that civil debate plays in society.”
Roane State is hosting students through Community College Initiative, Youth for Understanding and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange.
Community Colleges for International Development administers Community College Initiative programs with funding from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.